Seed Savers Meet-up #2

winnowingInterested in seed security in your community? Want to learn how to save seeds and join in a growing community of people wanting to share their knowledge, their passions, and their seeds? The Cedar Cottage Food Network, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch has teamed up for the second season of our seed saving group in Cedar Cottage.

Join us for our second meet-up of the season. We will discuss the why’s and how’s of saving seeds, check up on our seedlings, and plant some tomatoes! This will also function as an ongoing seed swap so bring your extra seeds and seedlings to share with the community.

No previous experience needed, and no garden needed!

*Location Note: We will meet at Kensington Library, but we will also be spending time at Kingscrest Community Garden. Come prepared to do some weeding and planting and please dress for the weather.

**This is a monthly series, stay tuned for info on these upcoming meet-ups. All will be at Kensington Library from 11am-1pm:
July 7th
August 18th
September 5th
October 20th
November 17th

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Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening

file-page1Hi folks! Just a reminder that our upcoming Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening is just a little over a week away! We still have spots available for this free workshop! You can register online or in person at the Vancouver Public Library — Kensington Branch. Hope to see you there!

Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening July 16th

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Join the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Vancouver Public Library for the fourth of our 2016 Seedy Saturday workshop series. Each event includes a workshop on a gardening topic and a seed swap.

This interactive workshop for parents/caregivers and children has two parts:

Firstly, join us for a garden-related Storytime at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library. At Storytime, parents and caregivers are supported in their roles as their children’s first and most important teachers and shown ways to share language with them. Lastly, participants will move across the street to join gardening instructor Frankie Filippelli for some fun activities at the Kingcrest Community Garden. These activities can be transferred to home gardens where the adults and their kids can continue learning together.

This workshop has very limited space so please pre-register. This workshop is for families with children ages 3-7 (no more than 2 children per family at this time).

This event is free but seating is limited so please pre-register online or in person at the library branch. Light refreshments will be available. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

See you there!

Family Day @ Trout Lake Community Centre

Join the Cedar Cottage Food Network and many other organizations and community members for a Family Day celebration on Monday, February 9th at Trout Lake Community Centre. CCFN will be hosting food demonstrations in the kitchen, serving up samples of items like non-alcoholic ginger beer, homemade pop tarts, and a special Lunar New Year delicacy. Hope to see you all there!

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South Vancouver Harvest Festival – October 3

unnamedIn case you didn’t get enough harvest celebrations after our Festival and Food Swap at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House this past Saturday, there is another event in South Vancouver this weekend!

Join our community partners Fresh Roots Urban Farm and South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (SVNH) for their own version of a Harvest Festival. The event will take place Saturday, October 3rd from 12-3pm at David Thompson Secondary School, where Fresh Roots grows their veggies. This year’s festival will feature:

  • apple pressing: bring a reusable bottle to fill with juice
  • a community salad: bring a veggie to contribute
  • delicious soup prepared by SVNH volunteers
  • BBQ lunch for $4/person or $10/family
  • youth-led games and activities

RSVP on Facebook!

Harvest Festival and Food Swap – Sept. 26

HarvestFestival2015It’s that time of year again! Join us for the third annual Harvest Festival and Food Swap at the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House.

Here’s how it works. Bring your homegrown produce and homemade preserves to share with other attendees. Go home with something fun and exciting made by a neighbour! Last year, I left with some winter squash, fresh rosemary and bay leaves, and delicious jam.

Other activities include learning stations, kids activities, food demonstrations, Chinese line dancing performances, mobile produce market, and a loonie/toonie garage sale. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the fall season. See you there!

Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening – June 13

SeedySat06.13.15We have a very exciting new addition to our Seedy Saturday series this year: Engaging Kids with Gardening! This interactive workshop for parents/caregivers and children has two parts:

1) Join librarian Ning for a garden-related Storytime at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library. At Storytime, parents and caregivers are supported in their roles as their children’s first and most important teachers and shown ways to share language with them.

2) Participants will move across the street to join gardening instructor Jennifer (from West Coast Seeds) for some fun activities at the Kingcrest Community Garden. These activities can be transferred to home gardens where the adults and their kids can continue learning together.

This workshop has very limited space so please pre-register. This workshop is for families with children ages 3-7 (no more than 2 children per family at this time).

This workshop is brought to you by Decoda Literacy (Raise-a-Reader) and the City of Vancouver. As always, thank you for your generous support!

Upcoming Food Events at Vancouver Public Library

KidsZone_Page_1The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is expanding its programming to involve different types of literacy. As some of you know already, the CCFN partners with the Kensington branch of the VPL to put on our Seedy Saturday workshops. Speaking of which, our second one of the season is coming up this Saturday, May 2nd from 11am-1pm. The topic this time is garden maintenance, which includes seed saving. Help replenish the Seed Sharing Library next year by donating what you saved from this season. Registration is still open so reserve your seat now: kccseedsave.eventbrite.ca.

Then, on May 9th at 2:30pm, the VPL will be holding a food-related Kids Zone drop-in event. The kids will be able to make seed bombs to plant in their gardens. Making seed bombs is a form of guerrilla gardening, where balls of dirt are formed and filled with seeds so that when dropped, flowers and veggie plants will grow in that spot. This would be a fun introduction to gardening for younger children.

Cedar Cottage Family Health Fair: April 28

HEALTHFAIRPOSTERDRAFT2015The Cedar Cottage Food Network has been invited to participate again in this year’s Family Health Fair at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (4065 Victoria Drive). At the fair, many knowledgeable people will have booths set up, each on one aspect of health, including dental health, women’s health, nutrition, physical activity, and more. The Neighbourhood House will also have some prizes for those who are able to answer trivia questions about health (hint: all of the answers at the booths).

Hope to see you there!

Seedy Saturday: Garden care and seed saving – May 2

SeedySat050215Registration for the second workshop in the 2015 Seedy Saturday series is now open!

On May 2nd, 2015, the CCFN and Vancouver Public Library – Kensington are presenting a workshop on garden care and seed saving. During this workshop, participants will learn about the essentials of garden maintenance throughout the season including watering, harvesting, pest control, soil testing, and more! The instructor will also cover how and when to save seeds for next season (and to donate back to the seed library!).

Seeds will once again be available through the seed library and our donation box will be around if you have some you’d like to share with others in the community. Bring a notebook, your questions, and your appetite to learn. Although the event is free, registration is required. You can do so online at kccseedsave.eventbrite.ca or in-person at the Kensington branch of the library.

See you there!